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Masters Choice Hybrids 2010 Seed Resource Guide Conventional and Organic

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MC-Story, Sugars, Grain

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MPG

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Drought Tolerance

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Hybrid Index

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Hybrid Characteristics

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83-100 Day Maturities

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100-110 Day Maturities

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110+ Day Maturities

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Masters Choice Story

Grain

Yield and digestibility have never been more important to the American farmer than they are today. Masters Choice has spent over three decades perfecting the genetic mystery of acquiring yield and digestibility simultaneously. Intense research and development crossed thousands upon thousands of varieties every year, aiming specifically at increasing sugar levels and overall plant health. The results have been a hybrid lineup with high yielding grain, extremely digestible and rugged stalks, and a dominant root system. This combination has allowed Masters Choice hybrids to be successfully grown on grain and silage operations across the country.

An objective look into the hybrid corn industry shows a new school of thought is emerging. Farmers are no longer accepting the propaganda of yesterday. Efficiency is more important in today’s economic climate than ever before. Masters Choice hybrids give farms the freedom and knowledge to make the decision best for them. An industry clouded in myths You don’t have to plant ever increasingly high populations with exorbitant technology prices to succeed. High sugar levels sets Masters Choice apart, giving their hybrids tremendous yield and test weight. Corn varieties from the flint era with low sugar levels produce less roots and are more conducive to crowding, but each plants potential for yield is decreased significantly. The traditional answer to this has been to buy more seed and plant high populations. No more. Masters Choice hybrids are becoming the standard for a healthy, high flex hybrid that is equalling or exceeding the yields of competitors per acre, while planting at much reduced populations. The result is a more efficient and drought resistant operation.

“I run a strictly organic operation and that poses some unique challenges. Of all the factors I contend with the one constant that gives me peace of mind is that I will be planting Masters Choice. Their corn outperforms anything I have ever tried in all agronomic areas. My farm relies on Masters Choice.” Ohio Farmer

Sugars Sugars are actively present in our bodies, our food, and the plants and animals with which we share the world. Sugars are the biological foundation that life demands. The importance of high sugar levels has been the standard of the Masters Choice Research and Development program since its inception over three decades ago. When the industry was decreasing sugars to create a flint hard exportable grain, Masters Choice ignored the trend and increased sugars to levels never before seen. Today only a small percentage of grain is still used in the export market yet flint genetics resonate in most hybrid lines. The disadvantages of these flint genetics are many, the advantages few. Masters Choice hybrids have set a standard for high yield, digestibility, and overall healthier crops. This unique and innovative hybrid breeding strategy has left all other companies breeding programs scrambling to catch up and their marketing teams anxiously attempting to camouflage the truth.

Science research now shows that high sugar levels give us…

Increased:

Grain Yield and Test Weight Root mass and Depth Standability Forage Digestibility

Flex Ability Natural Pest Resistance Stalk Strength and Size Grain Digestibility


Competitor

Masters Choice

The Science of 5 and 6 Carbon Sugars High coefficient of digestibility, improves feed cost Supports the microbial production in rumen Stimulates starch and fiber utilization thereby maximizing rumen bacteria Synchronizes NPN soluble protein in rumen which improves the energy/protein balance

Sugar is one of the most essential ingredients to a healthy organism. It equals energy and potential. A corn plant with the highest sugar levels in the industry behaves in a remarkable way. In addition to exceptional grain yield, the density in the stalk produces twice the dry matter tonnage in the bottom three foot of the plant. The stalk density also serves as a carrier for the thick, syrupy sugars. These sugars provide a stable and rapid fermentation, thereby preserving the quality nutrients more effectively than long fermentation rates. The accuracy and legitimacy of many scientific tests have become much more advanced and refined with each passing day. Tests, such as starch degradability and accurate rumen utilization, gives farms more insight into real world scenarios. The dominating results prove what Masters Choice and its followers have believed for decades.

Vitreous Flint Endosperm

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Floury, Digestible Endosperm

Masters Choice

How does a hybrid receive an MPG award? -Meets strict criteria of high sugar and starch availablity, fodder digestibility, and density. -Possess dense, high sugar stalks, and soft kernels packed with highly digestible starch. But most of all... -To recieve an MPG rating a hybrid must have a proven track record of performance on Dairy and Livestock operations. You will see an increase in milk or weight gain in your livestock! Chet Stemke, Herder Foreman at Southern Illinois University, says: “We started planting and chopping Masters Choice MPG 590 seed corn in 2006 and have enjoyed the production and palatability of the product ever since. All of our corn silage is ensiled in silage bags and we use between 500-700 tons/year. Immediately after opening a Masters Choice bag of corn silage you will notice that it looks different than other corn silages and the smell is the smell of perfect silage. We use inoculants on all of our forages, but what we have found is that we can use less on the Masters Choice because of it’s natural ferment ability. Where we are using up to 2 lbs/ton of inoculants on our other hybrids we only use 1 lbs or less on the Masters Choice. Our cows love the Masters Choice Silage and we love feeding it to them.�


With each season more innovative ways to use Masters Choice are being attempted by its customers. Their creativity shows Masters Choice’s versatility in many applications and in a variety of scenarios. One being the practice of planting Masters Choice in drought plagued portions of the country. The elaborate network of the Masters Choice root system and their high sugar content allows for success in these challenging areas. Moisture is conserved and insect pressures are withstood. Masters Choice has followed this model of creation and innovation for over three decades and will always look to the future. It is indicative of the type of people that make Masters Choice possible and of the customers they serve.

Competitor

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Competitor

Masters Choice

The picture above clearly shows the dominance of a Masters Choice root system. These roots were taken from the same field and exposed to the same conditions.

Masters Choice

Masters Choice shows its superior drought tolerance in a Wisconsin plot. Pictured above, one of the leading competitor’s corn is drought stressed, while MC -490 is healthy and uneffected. Similar stories from all over the country, including the deep south, reach the MC offices on a regular basis.


Seed Availability Summary By Hybrid TM

MC Organic

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MC Conventional

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Untreated

MC-MASTERGRAZE OG-463 MC-468 MC-480 MC-490 MC-500 OG/MC-515 MC-525 OG/MC-530 MC-530 LBM MC-534 MC-535 OG/MC-550 MC-573 OG/MC-618 MC-620 MC-LITTLE GIANT MC-565 MC-615 MC-625 MC-630 MC-590

Over the past several years, Masters Choice has gained recognition from farmers for their high sugar corn hybrids. The attraction has grown from the realization that differences in corn hybrids can be tremendous. High sugar plants have the plant health, rugged dependability and drought tolerance farmers are seeking for conventional and organic acreage. Good plant health is essential for disease and insect tolerance along with standability and easy harvesting. Masters Choice feels confident their conventional and organic hybrids will make the difference you can trust on your farms. Corn planted in the spring is often planted in cool wet weather which can be very susceptible to poor emergence. Seed treatments are vitally important to an even emergence throughout the field. Organic producers might consider working with their supplier to acquire the appropriate protection. Conventional acreage will likely benefit from our standard fungicide/insecticide treatment PLUS Poncho insecticide. The Organic System Plan for Masters Choice Inc. meets applicable requirements and has been granted organic certification by Indiana Certified Organic, LLC

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Hybrid Characteristics Summary

OG-463

83 DAY

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NEW HYBRID

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M-T

Master Graze Organic/ Conventional 7

MED

AVG

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9

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Features: • Best quality BMR Forage • Ability to be grazed and harvested during Summer, Fall, and Winter

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7

8

7

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Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight

• Can be planted 3-4 weeks before sorghum sudan. Slow growth early, fast late

Silage Quality

Plant at 25,000-35,000. For Haylage, Balage, and Grazing.

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Stress Tolerance

• Potential to exceed 5 tons of dry matter per acre in only 7-8 weeks in good growing conditions

• Very adaptable and diverse application possibilities

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Not Applicable

Dry Down

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2

3

4

5

Optimum

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7

Favorable

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9

10


OG-

463

Features: • Excellent emergence and seedling vigor for quick canopy closure

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength

• Dark plants maintain structure and yield under stress

Emergence

83 Day

• Plant health and stress tolerance allow for south of zone movement

Dry Down

Organic

• Very good ear flex allows for population flexibility

Test Weight

Silage Quality 1

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3

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5

Optimum

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7

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9

8

9

10

Favorable

Plant at 24,000-32,000. For Grain and Silage.

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468

83 Day Conventional

Features: • High yield, early flowering, quick grain set up, and excellent dry down • Outstanding northern movement • Strong agronomics and good stress tolerence • Yields with later hybrids at lower harvest moistures

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down Silage Quality 1

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3

4

5

Optimum

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7

10

Favorable

• Good stalk density and digestibility Plant at 26,000-30,000. For Grain and Silage.

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480

90 Day Conventional

Features: • Rapid dry down • Massive hybrid for maturity range

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence

• Good northern movement

Test Weight

• Excellent agronomics

Dry Down

• Keep an eye on this hybrid!

Silage Quality 1

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5

Optimum

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7

Favorable

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9

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Plant at 25,000-32,000. For Grain and Silage.

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490

94 Day Conventional

Features: • Tall hybrid with good stalk and root system

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength

• Excellent ear flex allows plant population flexibility

Emergence

• Strong leaf disease resistance

Dry Down

• Yield stability under heat and moisture stress

Silage Quality

Test Weight

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7

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9

10

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5

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9

10

4

5

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9

10

Optimum

Favorable

• High quality grain with high test weights Plant at 24,000-30,000. For Grain and Silage.

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500

95 Day Conventional

Features: • Tall "showy" hybrid with good stalk quality • Low ear set with maximum leaf coverage • Excellent yield and profit potential

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down

• More sugars with slightly less starch • Produces an abundance of high quality silage

Silage Quality 1

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3

Optimum

Favorable

• Solid agronomics and good adaptability Plant at 24,000-32,000. For Silage.

OG/MC-

515

98 Day Organic/ Conventional 9

Features: • Great on low input to yield scores

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength

• Very dependable, solid work horse

Emergence

• Stable yield from east to west

Test Weight

• Solid, semi-girthy ears

Dry Down

• High quality grain on a solid, white cob

Silage Quality

• MPG hybrid Plant at 25,000-30,000. For Grain and Silage.

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2

3

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Favorable


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525

102 Day Conventional

Features: • East to west adaptability with good plant health • Medium to tall plant with low ear set • Better at high population and fertility

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down

• Dependable stalk and root strength • Consistently yields with medium and full season varieties

Silage Quality 1

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6

7

Optimum

Favorable

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6

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10

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9

10

9

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Plant at 28,000-34,000. For Grain.

OG/MC-

530

Features: • High, stable yield across years and geography

Emergence

• Outstanding yields in marginal conditions

Test Weight

105 Day Organic/ Conventional

• High quality grain on a solid, white cob • Best when planted early, not late

MC-

Features: • Sterile corn hybrid

Lean Beef Maker Conventional

Stalk Strength

• Dense, high sugar stalks

• Very girthy and expandable ears

530 LBM

Stress Tolerance

Dry Down Silage Quality 1

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3

5

Optimum

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Plant at 24,000-32,000. For Grain and Silage.

• Extremely dense stalks that pack sugars with incredibly high energy values • Absence of grain production on ear maintains density and sugar through maturity as long as an outside source of pollen doesn't reach the silks while they're alive

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down

Not Applicable Not Applicable

Silage Quality 1

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3

4

5

Optimum

6

7

8

Favorable

• Can be grazed early or stockpiled, made as silage or wilted for haylage or balage Plant at 24,000-40,000. For Forage.

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534

107 Day Conventional

Features: • Outstanding yield as a conventional hybrid • Long, girthy ears with good flex • Optimum performance in zone of maturity

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down

• High quality grain, fast dry down, good test weight • Good agronomics and fall appearance

Silage Quality 1

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Optimum

Favorable

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Plant at 26,000-34,000. For Grain and Silage.

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535

107 Day Conventional

Features: • Strong yields and solid standability • Very good heat and drought stress • Greater utilization south of maturity zone

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down

• Excellent agronomics and plant health • White cob variety and excellent feed ability

Silage Quality 1

2

3

5

7

Optimum

Favorable

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Plant at 24,000-34,000. For Grain and Silage.

OG/MC-

550

110 Day Organic/ Conventional 11

Features: • High quality grain on a solid, white cob

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength

• Outstanding top-end yield across a wide range of environments • Solid agronomics, good grain and test weight • Girthy, sweet stalks make great silage • Prolific hybrid Plant at 15,000-18,000. For Prolific Grain Production. Plant at 24,000-30,000. For Grain and Silage.

Emergence Test Weight Dry Down Silage Quality 1

2

3

5

Optimum

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Favorable


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573

111 Day Conventional

OG/MC-

618

112 Day Organic/ Conventional

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620

112 Day Conventional

Features: • Outstanding yield potential • Excellent roots and stalks • Excellent fall appearance • Has a very wide range of adaptation • Very stress tolerant and high yielding

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down Silage Quality 1

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3

Plant at 24,000-32,000. For Grain and Silage.

Features: • Very dense leafy stalks • High plant sugars • Excellent plant health

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10

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8

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10

Optimum

Favorable

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5

6

4

5

6

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight

• Handles marginal conditions well

Dry Down

• Modestly priced hybrid that handles stress well

Silage Quality 1

2

3

Optimum

Favorable

• Great plant vigor with excellent nutrition Plant at 24,000-30,000. For Grain and Silage.

Features: • Very high in protein and sugars • Very digestible and offers lots of energy • Handles marginal conditions well • Excellent early canopy • More dense tonnage in bottom 3-4 ft of stalk

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down Silage Quality 1

2

3

Optimum

Favorable

Plant at 24,000-28,000. For Silage.

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NEW HYBRID

Little Giant LG-112

Conventional

Features: • Top yields with less moisture and fertility • Very short ear set, naturally lends itself to wildlife • Has ability to produce high yields and quality grain • Series of short hybrids. This growing season LG-112 is available (6 1/2 - 7 foot tall). More to follow in coming years

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down Silage Quality 1

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Not Applicable

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4

5

Optimum

6

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9

10

8

9

10

8

9

10

Favorable

• Wide, dense stalk, ear about waist high Plant at 28,000-35,000. For Grain.

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565

113 Day Conventional

Features: • Good standability • Wants good fertility • Sensitive to sulfonylurea type herbicides (Accent, Beacon, etc.)

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down

• Exceptional yield to moisture hybrid • Excellent test weights

Silage Quality 1

2

3

4

5

Optimum

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7

Favorable

Plant at 26,000-34,000. For Grain.

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615

115 Day Conventional

Features: • Very good health and staygreen • Fantastic quality and digestibility

Stalk Strength Emergence

• Very high sugar

Test Weight

• Highest milk production potential

Dry Down

• Better on soils with good fertility

Silage Quality 1

• Good drought tolerance Plant at 26,000-32,000. For Silage.

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Stress Tolerance

2

3

4

5

Optimum

6

7

Favorable


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625

115 Day Conventional

Features: • Potential for maximum yield and quality • Very good plant staygreen • Best under good fertility • Prolific hybrid • Extremely dense leaves and stalks

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down Silage Quality 1

2

3

4

Plant at 15,000-18,000. For Prolific Grain Production.

5

Optimum

6

7

8

9

10

Favorable

Plant at 24,000-30,000. For Grain or Silage.

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630

Features: • Broadly adapted east to west in 110-120RM zones

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength

• Superior stalks, roots, and late season plant health

Emergence

115 Day

• High yielding environments enhance performance

Dry Down

Conventional

• High test weight, semi-flex ear, good dry down

Test Weight

Silage Quality 1

2

3

4

5

Optimum

6

7

8

9

10

Favorable

• Great top end yield Plant at 26,000-34,000. For Grain or Silage.

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590

116 Day Conventional

Features: • A must try, true dual purpose hybrid • Exceptionally versatile and high performing • Excellent emergence and vigor

Stress Tolerance Stalk Strength Emergence Test Weight Dry Down

• For no till and early planting • Impressive tall hybrid with thick stalk and good standability

Silage Quality 1

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3

4

5

Optimum

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7

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9

10

Favorable

Plant at 25,000-30,000. For Grain and Silage.

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